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vminfla Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 02:53 PM
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Sarkozy says anger with Netanyahu caused by France's exclusion from Shalit release

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Israel refused to include France in the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the French leader recently explained to Jewish leaders, after he was overheard calling Netanyahu a 'liar' last month.

Sarkozy offered the explanation after he told U.S. President Barack Obama last month that he was fed up with dealing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and considered him a liar

According to an Israeli official, Sarkozy told Jewish leaders two weeks ago that his anger with Netanyahu was caused by events surrounding the deal to secure Gilad Shalit's release.

Sarkozy offered Netanyahu that a French helicopter will fly Shalit from Egypt to the Israeli air base of Tel Nof upon his release from Hamas custody - a helicopter carrier from the French navy that was in the area was already on-call - but Netanyahu rejected the offer.

I once had quite a bit of respect for Sarkozy. Seeing that he overreacted in the same way that a petulant, spoiled child would react when he did not get his way has diminished that level of respect. His behavior amounts to nothing more than showboating to play to the French crowds: "Look at me, I am doing something in the Mideast!"

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